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Crytek: graphics “matter,” are “60% of the game”

Friday, 12 April 2013 16:30 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli has said graphics “matter” in a game because it drives gameplay and helps with player immersion.

Speaking with Xbox 360 Magazine, Yerli said graphics make up 60% of a game.

“People say that graphics don’t matter, but play Crysis and tell me they don’t matter,” he said. “It’s always been about graphics driving gameplay. Graphics, whether it’s lighting or shadows, puts you in a different emotional context and drives the immersion, and immersion is effectively the number one thing we can use to help you buy into the world.

“The better the graphics, the better the physics, the better the sound design, the better the technical assets and production values paired with the art direction, making things look spectacular and stylistic is 60% of the game.”

It’s rumored that Crytek’s gladiator game Ryse will be a launch title for the next Xbox console from Microsoft.

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54 Comments

  1. freedoms_stain

    After playing Crysis 2, I think you need to reassess that viewpoint.

    Play FTL, graphics are about 6% of that game.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. G1GAHURTZ

    Define “matter”.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Eregol

    Matter, generally is a substance (often a particle) that has rest mass and (usually) also volume. The volume is determined by the three-dimensional space it occupies, while the mass is defined by the usual ways that mass is measured. Matter is also a general term for the substance that makes up all observable physical objects

    #3 2 years ago
  4. orakaa

    Hahaha… oh, boy, this guy is funny. Seriously, between him and Cliff Bleszinski, is this “developper trolling day”, today?

    Those guys really need to stop expressing themselves and media should stop relaying their bullsh*t.

    And if graphics are 60% of the game, then I think it tells a lot about the “quality” of their next title, “Ryse”.
    I can already see first hands reactions
    Journalist: “This game has no story and is totally unplayable with Kinect!”
    Cevat: “Yeah… but who cares: it’s BEAUTIFUL!!!”

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Strawb

    @2: I assume he means “matter” like he explains it, i.e. graphics drive the immersion, plus the better graphics, the better the other technical assets are.

    I don’t really agree with his point that graphics basically equal immersion, and are therefore the #1 thing that get you into the world of a game. Plenty of games have horrible graphics by design, and still manage to captivate the player. Graphics being 60% of a game depends completely on the game itself, and is not a set number across the board.

    And unfortunately, in the cases where most of the production value is spent on graphics and other technical avenues, the gameplay seems lacking. So saying that graphics drive gameplay doesn’t seem very accurate to me.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Zana

    More than graphics alone, I think what really matters is the art direction. I don’t want to play an ugly game.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. MFBB

    Well good graphics…Crysis 3 had those and it still sucked, didnt help at all.

    Rather take a step back on the graphics (dont put so much time/effort in there) and make a better game.

    When i think about the recent years…all those graphics bomb are not in my top 10.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. foofly

    Hmm… tell this to the millions of Minecraft players.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    ^ Tell them not to install mods that have much better looking visuals/ detailed blocks.

    visuals do matter a lot. Always. If not, we would play NES games only.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. ps4fanboy

    Agree with the guy. Visuals do matter.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. The_Red

    It’s funny how people either say “graphicz are everythinggg!!!!l1!!!” or “graphics don’t matter, gameplay is everything”.

    Well, if it wasn’t for gameplay, the gaming would be nothing AND if it wasn’t for advanced graphics, we would still be playing Pong. BOTH graphics AND gameplay are important and have to be good. As for MineCraft, it’s actually a graphically TAXING game. They couldn’t even run it on 360 and had to downsize everything.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Beta

    They matter yes. Want to know what else matters Crytek? FUN! Heard of it?

    Otherwise it’s nothing but a glorified tech demo.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. fearmonkey

    Graphics do matter quite a bit, especially if the game is going for immersion. IF the game is not trying to immerse you in the world, then its not required to have awesome graphics.

    That being said, focus on the graphics doesn’t not guarantee a good game, and it has to be properly balanced. I find Crytek games beautiful, but overall I dont find them in my top games ever, so they could be working on the gameplay more.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. BD

    I played Crysis 3 to the end, and I can safely say it was one of the worst games I have ever played.

    Great graphics.

    Awful game.

    I contest the 60% assessment.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. rockman29

    Telltale’s Walking Dead graphics suck completely, but that game drew me in.

    I say Yerli is wrong, as per usual.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Lord Gremlin

    He’s an idiot. One of the most impressive games I’ve played recently was Persona 3 Portable. As for Crysis… I won’t play 3rd, because first was boring, second was straight up piece of shit and why would I even try the third?
    Jesus, he is an idiot indeed. Movies have awesome graphics. Like always. Some of them are garbage too.

    I will put it this way. Graphics can amplify good parts of the game. But you need something to amplify in the first place.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. TD_Monstrous69

    The more quotes I see from Cevat Yerli, the more annoyed I grow with this guy. 60% of the game, really? Sure, graphics are important, but last time I checked, if your gameplay, story, sounds, and design suck, it means nothing on how your game looks. For then, all you’ve created is the world’s prettiest piece of shit, kind of like the story for Crysis games.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. G1GAHURTZ

    @3:

    +1

    #18 2 years ago
  19. G1GAHURTZ

    If gameplay = 9, gameplay + good graphics = game score 10
    but
    If gameplay = 9, gameplay + bad graphics = game score 9
    Or
    If graphics = good, + gameplay = 0, game score = 0
    Do while
    Goto line 2
    End;

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Max Payne

    @17 Battlefield 3 SP and MOH approved.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Battler624

    i assume minecraft has that extreme of graphics?

    #21 2 years ago
  22. SplatteredHouse

    I have played Crysis, and once out was enough to show me that for all the talking, the press, and all else; they couldn’t top the competing Far Cry, in terms of which, and how much I enjoyed playing.

    “It’s always been about graphics driving gameplay.”
    In fact, it’s more the case, that Yerli’s business has always been about graphical majubbins. Gotta sell dem engine licenses… :/

    “Graphics, whether it’s lighting or shadows, puts you in a different emotional context and drives the immersion”

    Microsoft stand at odds with its importance in that statement, because they recently sold Mediaroom to a display manufacturer, prioritising their platform strategy over that concept.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Cobra951

    @21: Beat me to it. Minecraft is not immersive either, right?

    #23 2 years ago
  24. deathm00n

    Yesterday I was playing The Elder Scrolls 1. Still a good game. I can probably run 50 of them at the same time with my cellphone. So yeah, I don’t think graphics matter so much. Of course, without good graphics your game MUST be very good by itself. But if the game is bad you can try to hide it behind graphics, people will fall for it sometimes.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. TheWulf

    What an absolute moron.

    I mean, I’m sure graphical fidelity matters so much! That’s why To the Moon and Bastion have been two of the most genuinely interesting and poignant games of the last few years, played by myself and my friends. Yep. Sounds legit. Oh wait.

    There are many games out there which have high fidelity but look like arse. Anything CryTek does falls into this category. Then you have low fidelity games which can look incredibly beautiful. I’ll take artistic style and flair over fidelity any day.

    It’s just funny because CryTek games really do generally look terrible.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Francis O

    Graphics matter to an extent. In Crisis, Graphics matter too much to where it’s detrimental to the game. Crysis 3 sucks balls, the framerate dips are laughable on PS3 and Xbox 360. Even the PC version is just a boring shooter that has zero new ideas.

    So screw this guy, I will not buy you’re games, because all he cares about is graphics. Gameplay takes a back seat at Crytek, I’m more of a gameplay first guy…. then graphics.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Lewis247

    By that logic then it’s the 40% that Crytek can’t seem to do well or realise matters the most.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. polygem

    Bullshit, good games have been and forever will be about gameplay and great artdesign. graphics are just the cream topping. i do not want some cream on every cake i eat though, sometimes i just want a purer taste as well.

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Quige

    Just finished Crysis 3 and in my opinion they really need to concentrate on that other 40% then. Was very disappointed by the gameplay in Crysis 3, having enjoyed Crysis 2 quite a bit with several play throughs. The stealth + bow started out a good idea but actually sucked a lot of the tension out of the game. Every situation could be dealt with by stealth and shoot arrows. A lot of the upgrades didn’t seem that useful either once you’d put some points into hacking assistance and a couple of others. Not often I don’t go back for another play through but don’t think I will for this one.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Lengendaryboss

    Oh god i feel like smacking this pompous, arrogant CEO right in the face. Graphics matter, it doesn’t matter if the gameplay is given 40%, i be bored out of mind through playthrough.
    It should be 50/50 or 100/100, basically you provide the best output on all fronts.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. DreamCleaver

    It’s thanks to Crysis’ graphics that made it stand out so much in the first place.

    It’s even more prevalent in Crysis 2 and 3 where the gameplay is adequate, at best. Graphics matter, for Crysis, because it’s the only thing that raises it out of the swamp of mediocrity.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Eddie Rodrigues

    @30 He didn’t said it was the most important, and “60% of the game” is the combination of all visual effects and the audio (and other things surrounding art) plus physics.

    I want to play a game with appealing graphics, be it realistic or cartoonish

    #32 2 years ago
  33. redwood

    i played crisis and the “gameplay” didn’t matter :D

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Da Man

    60 percent? Not 61 or 59?

    Typical marketing for typical isolated nerds.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. malethief

    Not sure where he’s coming from. Graphics add to the game they aren’t the thing that matters most. It’s a factor for some just like gameplay, fun factor, and length are

    #35 2 years ago
  36. jevonski

    aesthetics matter more than graphics.

    #36 2 years ago
  37. f5inglurker

    Crysis graphics were god awful namely because of its art direction, and poor visual fx. I really mean that! It looked like a terrible extended tech demo which more or less is what it was! Honestly ask yourself did you complete the game or uninstall it?

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Djoenz

    Wow it seems lately everything Microsoft related is giving me a bad taste in the mouth.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. DSB

    At least he didn’t tell anyone to deal with it.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Clupula

    How no one referenced this immediately after he said that, I don’t know. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQXbyeztSe4

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Djoenz

    SE is doing the same with FFXIII style over substance ffs no wonder costs are skyrocketing etc..

    Oh well “Tough titty”.

    I remember Dragon Age the shittest graphics Ive ever seen but as soon as I went for a mage I was in love with that game.

    @40 wahaha omg the graphics are too much

    “Believe it the graphics are there your mind just cant process it xD

    #41 2 years ago
  42. _LarZen_

    “Crytek: graphics “matter,” are “60% of the game””

    And suddenly it made sense why Crytek games are so bad…

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Mjorh

    doesn’t make sense really ! i think it depends on the kind of game ur playin , suppose ur playin a puzzle game , graphic doesn’t matter that much on the other hand if ur playin FPS it matters so much , however not as gameplay ! as i said it depends on genre…

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Clupula

    @41 – I could totally imagine the Crytek CEO watching that video and thinking it was complimentary.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Djoenz

    @44
    I have to admit though that swamp scene with the frog..I havent seen anything like it before.. Am I missing out? cause that did look freaking delicious.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. Clupula

    @45 – NOW YOU’RE ENTRANCED BY THE GRAPHICS!!!!

    #46 2 years ago
  47. xxJPRACERxx

    Graphics are important to me, I just can’t play play a game with ugly graphics. But gameplay is still the most important thing, it count like 80% of the game.

    PS: It would be nice to see the post # when using the mobile theme.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. OlderGamer

    Tell that to the indie guys. In short, imo, it is thinking like this that creates so much of the same ole crap and stiffles inovation.

    Case in point, the WiiU is a hell of an inovative way to play games. The GamePad dramaticly chnages the way games can be played, and in a good way. But all most gamers see are “last generations grafix”.

    He is right grahpics matter, too much imo. Now I am not looking to go play on a PSx anymore. However, I think too much gets made of a games graphics sometimes.

    #48 2 years ago
  49. ManuOtaku

    For me is 20% graphics 80% gameplay, but i know iam quite a minority here.

    #49 2 years ago
  50. Bomba Luigi

    “People say that graphics don’t matter, but play Crysis and tell me they don’t matter,”

    Its funny, the last Time I played Crysis I realized that Graphic dosn’t matter. It was nice to look at, but booring and stupid when it comes to Gameplay or Story.
    Of Course its good to have good Graphics, of course it can help to provide a better experience, but all the best Graphics are usless when the Rest is bad. Then the Game is just Shit.

    But that is something Crytek never will understand.

    #50 2 years ago
  51. Digital Bamboo

    Graphics matter to a varying degree depending on the game & genre.

    For Crysis games, 60% sounds about right, as they are widely used to show what high-end PC’s can do visually. For countless others…not so much.

    But I’m really having difficulty connecting the dots between better graphics and better sound design. What about games like Xenogears and Nier? They’re not much to look at, but have stunning soundtracks.

    Yerli just needs to add another 30% and he’ll have full-blown Lucasitus.

    #51 2 years ago
  52. monkeygourmet

    I keep going on about it;

    But ‘Mario Galaxy 1/2′ are perfect examples of amazing graphics and gameplay / control.

    Crytek can only dream of creating something even a 1/4 of the quality.

    Mario Galaxy even used old hardware and still ran silky smooth…

    #52 2 years ago
  53. Battler624

    and yet megaman x6 is still one of my top games of all time..
    oh yeah and lets not forget minecraft, its the ultimate graphics right?

    #53 2 years ago
  54. CL4P-TP

    screw graphics. make 100% gameplay 0% graphics. text based gameplay is where its at

    #54 2 years ago

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    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]